Being conscious of your environmental impact might be the last thing on your mind during a pandemic, but there are some simple things to keep in mind about minimizing waste in your home.
Get into the mindset of 4 R’s: Reject, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Reject everything you’re offered, but don’t really need. Reduce using the types of products that are also harmful for the planet. Reuse as much as you can from whatever you have. Recycle everything that can be recycled.
Be energy efficient
Energy conservation is very important! Leaving your electricals on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch or take out the plug.
Don’t buy what you don’t need
Resist the urge to buy everything and only take what you will actually consume or use.
Try to cut out plastic
Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives, but there are ways to reduce your plastic use. Invest in reusable cups, bottles bags, cloth towels, utensils, or straws!
Think about packaging
Opt for cans and cardboard that are widely recycled instead of plastic. Or by package-free or bulk!
Fix it, don’t throw it
Repairing or fixing something is more better than simply throwing things away while it may seem easier and cheaper sometimes.
Dispose of batteries better
Batteries can’t be tossed in your regular recycling bin because they contain highly toxic chemicals, but they shouldn’t be tossed in the trash either! Check out: Earth911 for Recycle Guides on batteries and much more.
Reduce water waste
It’s easier than you think! Try taking shorter showers, installing a low-flow shower head, using a water filter, or turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth.
Eat as seasonally as possible
Reduce your carbon footprint and support a more geographically sustainable food economy. Check out: USDA Seasonal Produce Guides.
From clothes to food, the closer to home these products are made and bought, the less carbon transportation. You’ll also be supporting the local economy!